Clemson QBs are in limbo

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CLEMSON, S.C. --- Clemson backups Tajh Boyd and Michael Wade slog through hours of quarterback workouts, throwing with teammates, learning formations and prepping to help the Tigers defend their ACC Atlantic Division title.

Starter Kyle Parker, meanwhile, is taking batting practice swings at Coors Field.

With football camp less than a month away, the biggest question on campus focuses squarely on two-sport standout Parker: Could he give up football for pro baseball?

"It's definitely in the back of your mind," said Wade, a high school quarterback twice shifted to defense in his four years with the Tigers. "But it's not something we talk about a lot, just getting ready for the season."

No one yet knows what role fifth-year senior Wade or redshirt sophomore Boyd could play this fall. That's because Parker's yet to decide his future after a visit last week to the Colorado Rockies.

Parker was a freshman star on the football field last year, throwing for 20 touchdowns and 2,526 yards as Clemson reached its first ACC title game. However, Parker was already in the sites of Major League Baseball scouts as a power-hitting outfielder after two stellar seasons on the college diamond. Parker enhanced his credentials with 20 homers this year, believed to be the first time a Division I player has had 20 home runs and thrown 20 TDs.

Last month, the Rockies sent many Clemson football fans into a panic when it selected Parker No. 26 overall, high enough that most organizations won't gamble on a prospect playing football.

"You know, sometimes we'll joke about how much money he's going to get," said Wade, who's father played on Clemson's 1981 national champions. "But we don't think much about what he's going to do."


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